Birmingham Roots

A Celebrating Communities Grant has been awarded to Chamberlain Highbury Trust for a Birmingham Roots project. We will bring the community together and share the history of our wonderful City through events activities and open access resources. We are representing the Moseley Ward and are really pleased that the Moseley Forum believe in our project.
Highbury is a great place to start discovering all that Birmingham has to offer. Over the next year we will host a series of events and create recourses to welcome people to the city and share its history.
The key themes are:
• Supporting people to put down roots in Birmingham
• Looking at the founding of Birmingham as a city
• Creating routes and maps of Chamberlain’s Birmingham
There will be on site events, community partnership work and online resources
KHAR-nival – We are all Birds of One Sky
Kings Heath Action for Refugees, Highbury Orchard Community and The Chamberlain Highbury Trust will present KHAR-nival! 2022. Enjoy an afternoon of music, storytelling, food, craft and woodland fun! Find out more information about how you can support refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham.
Treasures of Moseley
Working with the community and societies of Moseley we will create an interactive map that shares the nuggets of History hidden in plain sight across the area. Join us at the Hive in Moseley or at Highbury in February to feed in your stories
Chamberlain Trail
From Highbury to the University of Birmingham, Chamberlain Square to Key Hill Cemetery and so many more, we will create a trail that takes in significant places that help piece together Chamberlain’s Legacy in Birmingham.
Buddy a Brummy
Finding friends and a network of support is key to settling in a new place. We will work with interpreters and befriending organisations to offer our resources in a format that allows them to be shared and enjoyed by all and encourages active citizenship alongside supportive friendships
Home Grown
Exploring tastes and smells that remind people of home. We will grow, pick and cook foods from across the Commonwealth. Smells are so evocative, many of our volunteers and visitors have stories from other countries to share and we would like to create a space to do this.
Empire to Commonwealth
Through the political careers of Joseph and Neville Chamberlain we will explore the differences between the British Empire and the Commonwealth and how they both utilised the world’s resources.

This project gives us a wonderful opportunity to work with education and community partners and reach out to everyone visiting and settling in Birmingham. The Chamberlain Highbury Trust has a wide ranging activity programme and will continue to develop its offering as part of its long term plan to be a valued community heritage asset.